Gilgit, April 18: The Northern Areas Transport Corporation (NATCO) has decided to upgrade the public transportation service for the disaster hit Gojal Valley, by purchasing a 60-seater passenger boat to be operated in the dammed Hunza River.
The decision was taken today at a Board meeting chaired by GB Chief Secretary, Sajad Saleem Hottiana. The services of Pakistan Navy will be availed for purchase of the boat, it was decided. A committee was also formed for this purpose.
It is pertinent to note that the funds for the boat had been allocated almost one year back, but the purchase could not take place for unexplained reasons. NATCO is already operating a couple of boats in the dammed river.
The decision is likely to benefit the residents of Gojal Valley, as well as traders and tourists.
The 91st Board Meeting of NATCO expressed satisfaction over the performance of the semi-government transport corporation. It was also decided that the bus service for Azad Kashmir will be restarted. The service had been brought to a halt after buses were pelted with stones and some political leaders threatened to torch the NATCO buses if the service was not stopped.
The meeting also decided that a committee will be formed to ensure transparent sale of used items available with NATCO.
Earlier, MD Zafar Iqbal presented quarterly report about NATCO’s performance.